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4.0 out of 5 stars Sloooooooooooow 'n' HEAVY, 2 Dec 2003
This review is from: Hate Songs In E Minor (Audio CD)
‘Hate Songs in E Minor’ (‘Fudge Tunnel’s first movement’), is a fine coming together of sludge and hardcore.
Sabbath are the obvious influence in the down-tuned, fuzzy riffs that the band roll off. A prime example of this is the throbbing ‘Spanish Fly’. Additionally there are more upbeat hardcore moments, very much akin to hardcore heroes Helmet, particularly with the similarities between the vocals of Fudge Tunnel’s Alex Newport and Page Hamilton. ‘Boston Baby’ being the best example of this.
It isn’t as bowel movingly heavy as likeminded sludge merchants such as Iron Monkey. It isn’t complex or demanding. It is simply good old rock ‘n’ roll, slowed down to a snail’s pace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Noisecore, 3 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Hate Songs in E (Audio CD)
Fudge Tunnel, from Nottingham, certainly have a clear vision of what they want to sound like. Vocals are shouted with massive echo, guitars are extremely prominent, it's massively minor-key and downbeat, whilst still having the energy of metal. The album is called "Hate Songs In E-Minor" for very good reason - the songs are extremely aggressive and effectively vent some toxic spleen, whilst they all share that minor-key greyness and sombreness.

To vary things a little, there is a cover of "Sunshine Of Your Love" which is really quite good, bringing out the bitterness of it, and an ambient version of the title track. This might actually be said to invent a new sub-genre, "death-ambient". It's atmospheric, like passing through the final states of consciousness just before you die, and has a maurauding, malevolent rhythm that gives the impression of some evil force taking your life away from you.

It's a pity that they don't break things up more often or more effectively, because the title track and the ambient version of it are hidden gems of rock music as a whole, and British metal in particular. But you sense that Fudge Tunnel were content to mine their specialized seam rather than reaching out to a broader audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monstrous, 15 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Hate Songs In E Minor (Audio CD)
I have listened to this album consistently since 1991. It is now part of my DNA and a CD purchase was inevitable. Hate Songs is bleak, nihilistic and brutally heavy, but within this mountain of ugliness is a unique quality I have not heard before or since.

It could be the way reluctant front-man Alex Newport sabotages his own vocals by drowning them in the mix, reducing the lyrics to unintelligible barks and sneers. Or maybe it is the sludge and chaotic noise of Newport's guitar, backed by the machine-like clatter of the bass and aggressive drumming. Maybe it's the wild abandon with which everything is thrown together. But it all feels very unhealthy and slightly dangerous.

Hate Songs is from a time when the UK music scene spawned uncompromising bands like Godflesh and Napalm Death. Fudge Tunnel were never as popular as their contemporaries. Listening to this fat slab of noise I think they liked it that way. 'Bed Crumbs' is violent. 'Hate Song (Version)' is claustrophobic. The end of 'Sunshine of Your Love' is a beautiful mess.

Equipment brutalized. Walls of feedback. Sprawling industrial noise. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GUVNORS OF POST SABBATH MONSTER RIFFAGE, 12 Jun 2001
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With de tuned guitars much in vogue I feel the need to sing the praises of this near masterpiece of sonic fuzz-ology. Put quite simply this is one of my favorite rock albums. It nestles quite happily with 'Bleach' & 'Master of Reality'. Not the most complex of music, but all that widdly-widdly thankfully went south with those gits from Yes, Genesis, Rush etc. This is dark soundscape music for those with a deep love of all things Sabbath. If you own 'Master Of Reality' by Black Sabbath then track this down pronto. Put in on your walkman and it'll stay there for a spell I guarantee it. It'll fry those ears of yours down to a burnt out aural nubbin.....
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